Grateful Dead Live at Hampton Coliseum on 1981-05-01
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- Grateful Dead
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Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land, Friend Of The Devil-> Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, Tennessee Jed-> Let It Grow-> Deal
Feel Like A Stranger-> Franklin's Tower-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> He's Gone-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues
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|Alabama Getaway >|
|Friend Of The Devil ->|
|Me And My Uncle ->|
|Little Red Rooster|
|Tennessee Jed ->|
|Let It Grow ->|
|Feel Like A Stranger ->|
|Franklin's Tower ->|
|Lost Sailor ->|
|Saint Of Circumstance ->|
|He's Gone ->|
|The Other One ->|
|The Wheel ->|
|Wharf Rat ->|
-- Set 2 is seamless
-- This is a re-master of shnid=29087
-- Swapped the channels to correct them
-- Removed the DC Offset
-- Removed some of the patches and fixed others
-- Corrected the pitch
-- Fixed the levels, balance, etc
-- Thanks to Darryl Hinko for his previous work on this
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction
- 2010-05-10 17:29:50
- CD -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
- Hampton, VA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Hampton Coliseum
This show has been noted by some Heads (and Bar-Lev) for the Little Red Rooster, Let it Grow and a couple others. There's a decent show in here, but that won't be apparent on the SBD. Check an AUD to see why: Healy has Bobby's guitar turned down for much of the show FOH, and completely off for most of the SBD, which is useless for the first set. The AUDs are more dynamic. But it's one of the few spring '81 shows that matches the December output. The second set is nearly 2½hrs.
First Set. Bobby can be heard a little on the MTX for Alabama, but it's a warm-up. They are ready by Friend of the Devil. Several seconds into an excellent Me & My Uncle Bobby's guitar is shut off, though he fares better on the AUD. Big River is exciting. Althea doesn't perk until the very end, but the Little Red Rooster is very fine - especially on the AUD. Bobby's Slide Practice™ aside, one of the best versions of the early '80s. Tennessee is just a bit too downtempo, or shrugged. Jer goes into the red zone on Let It Grow. It turns amazing, and then rather than end the set he suddenly launches a Deal. Uptempo, it goes straight to verse, thrives, and the set gets a breathless extra punctuation.
Second Set. Feel Like a Stranger is tight and has such a wonderful jam. Franklin's does everything for you; it washes the dishes, takes out the garbage, tucks in the kids [here Bobby was turned down even FOH, and the MTX works best]. Conversely, Sailor>Saint is a little lifeless. He's Gone is trudgy but a nice enough solo eases the passage to The Other One. Like a bonus before Drums, and Brent adds some Jon Lord licks. I didn't catch the quality of The Wheel the first couple times (and not until I checked the MTX). Dig the segue to the tight Wharf; sounds like Jer fishes for Gimme Some Lovin', though it was still a few years away. The SBD is finally attended to and fixed here, but the AUD is of such quality that it doesn't really matter. On the SBD the vox are yanked up too far for Sugar Mag, with the last couple being average '81.
1st Set: B+
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¾ stars
Me & My Uncle - where X factor arrives
Little Red Rooster - one of best of early '80s
Let It Grow - Jer in red zone
Deal - Jer takes advantage of the momentum
Feel Like a Stranger - features wonderful jam
Franklin's Tower - dishes, garbage, tuck the kids
SOURCES: The miller_107437 is the pitch-corrected, remastered SBD. Be forewarned, on the SBDs there's no/faint Bobby guitar on the first set, and most of the second set is mainly vox, Brent and one drummer, so you need an AUD to hear the actual show. The 139774_fob_beyer is best in places and would make a great MTX, but it runs fast and needs -2% pitch correction. The 147855_fob_nak700_wagner is the best AUD overall, and only needs -1% pitch for U.S. Blues. The mtx_seamons_107749 is better on some songs, though a matrix only corrects for some of the mix problems. I found the best results on my composite copy by using the SBD for He's Gone >Space; the 147855 for the first set except Promised Land, plus Saint, Sugar Mag and U.S. Blues; and the MTX for the rest, with it and the AUD heavy on EQ to restore bass. This was the only combo for hearing the whole band.
Subject: Holy Toledo!
Subject: To my fellow GD heads born after 1980
This show is a wonderful gem, one among the MANY before and after... Dead & Co. does NOT = The GD... lets keep that in mind guys. John Mayer is great, as is the band as a whole... I, bc I was 12 when Garcia died, never got to see the gd... However, I have commented before on Mr. Miller's outstanding quality shows posting that one can FEEL the vibe, one can SEE Jerry up on stage, smiling at Brent... The vibe is quite similar at DEad comp., the vibe for ME, and I guess it's all up to opinion..
Last thing, anyone that thinks EVERY show after '81 sucks is a FUCKING Moron, and most certainly sound deaf... Peace
Subject: How would I know? Where'd The Spinners go.
Subject: bread crumb
I've listened to every recorded moment from the beginning to this show, so far. There is most certainly a creative ebb and flow, and this is most definitely a period of flow.
Subject: Enjoy the creamy center
The WRS is just a tad too fast for Jerry to keep up (seems like one of the fastest versions ever -- someone else can research that) but he still manages to take the band to some awesome powerful places. Brent and Bobby are right there every time. Love how Jer keeps his tone super clean so you can hear the strings being picked.
Then there's another Deal with another scorching solo, this time with the distortion and sustain kicked up more than just a bit. Jerry launches into the guitar solo like a bat out of hell. Some kind of fireball falls out of the sky at 4:30. You know he had to die! Check out Jerry's grunged out tone at 5:40 or thereabouts. One last laser beam into the pulverized souls of the audience at 6:10. Love how Brent steps up at just the right moment to bring everybody back into focus (one of his specialties).
The Stranger, as others have noted, is just off the charts. This is one of their most consistently weirded out and intense jams in the 80s, particularly the early 80s, and this version is one of the special ones.
Subject: He's Gone, I'm Gone
Subject: 81 the 77 of pre-coma Brent era
Subject: Chris Phillips...
Not every show in those years were outstanding, but many were. I'm not sure when Jerr was or wasn't strung out, and you might be right about that, but to simply dismiss any Grateful Dead after 81' as being worthless is totally your bias, not reality.
This is a great show by the way. May 81' is a great string of shows including Rutgers, Barton Hall, Boston Garden, and this one.
No disagreement that 81' is a strong year, but when you read accounts of the bands history, by the time fall and the Europe tour came around in 81' the band confronted Jerry about his use and it degrading the band's music. So its interesting that this is considered a peak year by tapers/listeners but that Jer was supposedly not doing too hot.
Anyways, great show, Miller Transfer is obviously the best.
Subject: keep listening
Subject: My favorite Brent setup
Brent always stands out during these shows. He is using a "Dynoed" Rhodes piano (see http://www.fenderrhodes.com/history/dyno.php for details), a Moog synth, and B-3 organ, with occasional Clavinet thrown in. There is nothing like a Stranger or Estimated Prophet from this era.
Great show, incredible sound thanks to CM.
Subject: Awesome "most every night"
Subject: This Show Rocks!!